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Aramco declares $1.71 trillion valuation in blockbuster IPO

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Saudi Arabia on Sunday put a value of up to $1.71 trillion on energy giant Aramco in what could be the world's biggest …

Hong Kong officer hit by arrow as activists vow to 'squeeze economy'

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A police officer was struck in the leg by an arrow shot by a Hong Kong activist on Sunday, the city's force said, as …

UK's Prince Andrew denies having sex with Epstein accuser

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Britain's Prince Andrew has "categorically" denied having sex with an alleged teen victim of disgraced US financier …

UN rights chief warns Bolivia crisis could 'spin out of control'

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Four more people have died in protests in Bolivia, an international monitor reported Saturday, as the UN rights chief …

Hong Kong activists vow to 'squeeze economy' as city smoulders

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Hong Kong police clashed Sunday with pro-democracy activists who vowed to "squeeze the economy" as the increasingly …

'Terminator' Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka election

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of the Tamil Tigers 10 years ago, stormed to victory Sunday in …

Leaked China documents reveal 'no mercy' in Xinjiang: NYT

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A rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents has shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China's …

Rajapaksa claims victory in Sri Lanka election

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Sri Lanka's former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been elected president, his spokesman said Sunday …

Australian man accused of starting bushfire to protect cannabis crop

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An Australian man has been accused of deliberately lighting a fire to protect his cannabis crop, sparking an …

Hong Kong protesters clash with police at key campus battleground

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Hong Kong police fired tear gas on Sunday morning at protesters intent on keeping their stranglehold on a major tunnel …

From Mosul to Baghdad, a song of Iraqi solidarity and resistance

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While Baghdad anti-regime protesters have clashed with riot police, their supporters in Mosul are using art to fight for …

US, China negotiators hold 'constructive' call on trade deal: ministry

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Top Chinese and US trade negotiators held "constructive" discussions over the phone on a preliminary trade deal between …

One year after arrest, Ghosn seeks to throw out case against him

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One year ago, the sudden arrest at a Tokyo airport of Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, one of the world's best-known and …

Renault-Nissan alliance in flux a year after Ghosn shock

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A year on from the shock fall of boss Carlos Ghosn, the Renault-Nissan automobile alliance is bent on a reboot to leave …

Rajapaksa clan set for Sri Lanka comeback

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Sri Lanka's former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa headed closer to clinching the presidency Sunday in a …

South African Airways hold talks with unions over strike

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South African Airways on Saturday held a first round of mediated talks with unions, one day after its workers launched …

Euro 2020 takes shape as Netherlands, Germany and Croatia qualify

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The Netherlands, Germany and World Cup finalists Croatia expanded a list of big hitters to qualify for Euro 2020 on …

US businesswoman says 'heartbroken' by Britain's Johnson

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A US businesswoman at the centre of controversy over whether Boris Johnson showed her inappropriate favouritism amid an …

Rajapaksa takes early lead in Sri Lanka election

Nov 16 2019

Sri Lanka's former wartime defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa took an early lead Sunday in a fiercely fought …

UK's Prince Andrew denies having sex with Epstein accuser in sensational TV interview

Nov 16 2019

Britain's Prince Andrew has "categorically" denied having sex with an alleged teen victim of disgraced US financier …

Thiem dethrones Zverev to set up London final against Tsitsipas

Nov 16 2019

Dominic Thiem beat defending champion Alexander Zverev on Saturday to join Roger Federer's conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas …

French protesters, police clash on 'yellow vest' anniversary

Nov 16 2019

French police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse stone-throwing "yellow vest" protesters in Paris Saturday, on …

Devastated Venice braced for third major flood

Nov 16 2019

Venice was braced Saturday for an unprecednted third major flooding in less than a week, with sea water due to swamp the …

One dead as petrol protests spread in Iran

Nov 16 2019

One person was killed and others injured in protests that spread Saturday across Iran after a surprise decision to …

Gunmen fire on buses carrying Muslim Sri Lankan voters

Nov 16 2019

Gunmen fired at buses carrying minority Muslim voters on Saturday as Sri Lankans elected a new president, with the …

Huge Czech protest marking Velvet Revolution demands PM quit

Nov 16 2019

Around a quarter-million Czechs flooded central Prague on Saturday to mark 30 years since the Velvet Revolution toppled …

Britain's Prince Andrew has 'no recollection' of Epstein sex accuser

Nov 16 2019

Britain's Prince Andrew has said he does not remember meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced US financier Jeffrey …

Inundated Venice braced for more flooding, strong winds

Nov 16 2019

Venice was on alert for more floods and fierce winds on Saturday after an exceptionally high tide swamped the city of …

Chinese soldiers leave Hong Kong barracks in rare clean-up cameo

Nov 16 2019

Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army briefly left their Hong Kong barracks on Saturday to help the …

Personnel emerge from PLA barracks in Hong Kong to help clean-up

Nov 16 2019

Personnel from the Chinese People's Liberation Army barracks in Hong Kong emerged on to the city streets Saturday to …

France's yellow vests seek show of strength for anniversary

Nov 16 2019

French "yellow vest" protesters began a series of nationwide demonstrations on Saturday in a bid to show the government …

Clean-up begins in Hong Kong after week of chaos and destruction

Nov 16 2019

A clean-up began across Hong Kong Saturday with pro-government groups removing bricks and debris from roads after a week …

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket fire

Nov 16 2019

Israel targeted Hamas in air strikes on Gaza early Saturday after rockets were fired at it from the Palestinian enclave, …

UAW members ratify Ford labor agreement

Nov 16 2019

Members of United Auto Workers have approved a new labor agreement with auto giant Ford, the union announced late …

Bolivia interim leader threatens Morales with charges

Nov 16 2019

Bolivia's interim leader Jeanine Anez said Friday that exiled ex-president Evo Morales would have to "answer to justice" …

St Mark's closed after fresh flood hits Venice

Nov 16 2019

Another exceptional high tide swamped flood-hit Venice on Friday, prompting the mayor to order St Mark's square closed …

Kosovars delighted to face English 'allies'

Nov 16 2019

Kosovo still hopes to reach a first European finals at Euro 2020 but has laid on the warmest of welcomes for England, …

Govt supporters march in Hong Kong after week of chaos

Nov 16 2019

Government supporters took to the streets of downtown Hong Kong on Saturday after a chaotic working week saw hardcore …

Rajapaksas eye comeback in tense Sri Lanka election

Nov 16 2019

Sri Lankans voted Saturday for a new president in what could mark a comeback for the Rajapaksa clan, loved for crushing …

Parents of missing migrants begin Mexico caravan crossing

Nov 16 2019

A caravan made up of 50 parents of disappeared Central American migrants departed on Friday from Mexico's southern …

Chileans to vote on new constitution in response to protests

Nov 16 2019

Chile said Friday it will hold a referendum to replace the country's dictatorship-era constitution -- a key demand of …

Rajapaksas eye comeback in Sri Lanka presidential election

Nov 16 2019

Sri Lankans voted Saturday for a new president in what could mark a comeback for the Rajapaksa clan, lauded by …

Gunman in US school shooting dies as police hunt motive

Nov 16 2019

The teenager who gunned down classmates at a California high school before shooting himself died Friday, leaving …

Trump 'intimidating' to ex-envoy as new call details revealed

Nov 16 2019

A US ambassador ousted by Donald Trump told a riveting impeachment hearing Friday she felt intimidated by the president, …

US-China trade war jitters persist in financial sector: Fed

Nov 16 2019

Market players, bankers and investors still see the US-China trade war as the top near-term threat to US financial …

Twitter exempts some 'cause-based' messages from political ad ban

Nov 16 2019

Twitter said Friday its ban on political ads will exempt "caused-based" messages on topics related to social or …

S&P downgrades protest-hit Lebanon

Nov 16 2019

S&P Global Ratings Friday downgraded Lebanon's sovereign debt, saying a twin political and economic crisis had hit …

Vettel tops times as Ferrari bounce back with one-two

Nov 16 2019

Sebastian Vettel topped the times despite a "scruffy" lap on Friday as Ferrari delivered a resounding one-two to prove …

Hoeness steps down at Bayern, Flick to stay on for rest of 2019

Nov 16 2019

After 40 years in charge, Uli Hoeness fought back tears as he officially stepped down as Bayern Munich president on …

Trump blasts ex-envoy in 'intimidating' attack during hearing

Nov 15 2019

A US ambassador ousted by Donald Trump told a riveting impeachment hearing Friday she felt intimidated by the president, …

Hong Kong protesters defy Xi with pro-democracy rallies

Nov 15 2019

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters defied a warning by China's President Xi Jinping and took to the streets again …

Israel to probe 'unexpected' civilian casualties in Gaza strike

Nov 15 2019

Israel's military pledged Friday to investigate unexpected civilian casualties in a strike targeting Islamic Jihad in …

Myanmar rejects ICC probe over Rohingya as legal pressure mounts

Nov 15 2019

Myanmar struck back Friday after a surge of global legal pressure over its alleged crimes against the Rohingya, branding …

Trump goes after impeachment witness in 'intimidating' attack

Nov 15 2019

A US ambassador ousted by Donald Trump told a riveting impeachment hearing Friday she felt intimidated by the president …

Trump attacks US diplomat as she testifies in impeachment probe

Nov 15 2019

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted an attack against the former US ambassador to Ukraine while she was in the …

Chinese swimmer Sun, facing lengthy ban, rejects dope test charge

Nov 15 2019

Chinese swimming star Sun Yang, facing a ban of up to eight years for missing an out-of-competition test, told an appeal …

Ousted US envoy testifies at Trump impeachment hearing

Nov 15 2019

An ousted US envoy to Ukraine who said she felt threatened by Donald Trump testified Friday on Day Two of impeachment …

St Mark's closed as fresh flood hits Venice

Nov 15 2019

Another exceptional high tide swamped flood-hit Venice on Friday, prompting the mayor to order St Mark's square closed …

Boris goes head-to-head with Buckethead and Binface in UK vote

Nov 15 2019

When Britain goes to the polls on December 12, all eyes will be on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to see if he can secure …

St Mark's closed as Venice faces more floods

Nov 15 2019

Another exceptional high tide swamped flood-hit Venice on Friday, prompting the mayor to order St Mark's square closed …

New Israel-Gaza violence tests fragile ceasefire

Nov 15 2019

Israel launched fresh strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza early Friday in response to rocket fire, …

Alibaba confirms huge Hong Kong public listing worth at least $13bn

Nov 15 2019

Chinese technology giant Alibaba on Friday confirmed plans to list in Hong Kong in what it called a $13 billion vote of …

Chile to vote on new constitution in response to protests

Nov 15 2019

Chile announced Friday it will stage a referendum to replace the country's dictatorship-era constitution -- a key demand …

Thousands in Hong Kong defy Xi with pro-democracy rallies

Nov 15 2019

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to Hong Kong's streets Friday, defying a warning by Chinese President Xi …

Bolivia interim president rules out Morales election bid

Nov 15 2019

Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez on Thursday ruled out exiled leader Evo Morales from standing in new elections …

Hong Kong leader condemns London protester 'attack' on minister

Nov 15 2019

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam on Friday condemned a "barbaric attack" on her justice minister, who fell while being …

Chinese football at crossroads again after Lippi abruptly quits

Nov 15 2019

China are searching for a third coach this year after the football association accepted Marcello Lippi's resignation …

Venice faces more floods as state of emergency declared

Nov 15 2019

Flood-hit Venice was bracing for another exceptional high tide Friday, as Italy declared a state of emergency for the …

Cricketers' mental health thrown into the spotlight

Nov 15 2019

Mental wellbeing as much as physical health is emerging as a key challenge for modern-day cricketers -- with relentless …

Israel strikes Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza despite ceasefire

Nov 15 2019

Israel launched fresh strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, the army said early Friday, weakening a ceasefire …

Author asylum-seeker celebrates freedom in New Zealand

Nov 15 2019

A Kurdish-Iranian refugee who penned a book on a mobile phone while held in an Australian detention camp said Friday he …

China at crossroads again as Lippi quits

Nov 15 2019

China are searching for a third coach this year after the country's football association accepted Marcello Lippi's …

Two killed in California school shooting, teen in custody

Nov 15 2019

A teenage boy gunned down fellow students at a California high school on his 16th birthday Thursday, killing two and …

Taylor Swift says heads of former label 'exercising tyrannical control' over her

Nov 15 2019

Taylor Swift on Thursday publicly reignited her battle with the heads of her former label, saying it is threatening to …

Federer outclasses Djokovic to reach ATP Finals semis

Nov 14 2019

Roger Federer produced a near-flawless performance as he avenged his Wimbledon defeat by Novak Djokovic and qualified …

Protests pile pressure on interim Bolivia president

Nov 14 2019

Thousands of demonstrators marched through La Paz on Thursday, piling pressure on the government of interim president …

Dismiss, discredit, divert: White House fights impeachment

Nov 14 2019

Discredit the witnesses, dismiss the accusations against President Donald Trump as hearsay, shift the focus to the …

One killed in California school shooting, suspect in custody

Nov 14 2019

One person was killed and least four others injured in a shooting at a high school north of Los Angeles Thursday, …

Italy declares state of emergency in Venice after flood

Nov 14 2019

Italy on Thursday declared a state of emergency for Venice after an exceptional tide surged through churches, shops and …

China's Xi warns Hong Kong protesters jeopardise 'one country, two systems'

Nov 14 2019

China's President Xi Jinping warned Thursday that protests in Hong Kong threaten the "one country, two systems" …

Triple MotoGP world champion Lorenzo retires

Nov 14 2019

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who suffered a fractured spine this year, said Thursday he would retire …

Bolivia interim leader consolidates power but faces new protests

Nov 14 2019

Interim president Jeanine Anez moved Thursday to consolidate power in deeply polarized Bolivia, winning recognition from …

Ceasefire takes hold after deadly Israel-Gaza violence

Nov 14 2019

A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza took hold Thursday after two days of fighting triggered by …

ICC approves probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14 2019

The International Criminal Court on Thursday approved a full investigation into Myanmar's alleged crimes against the …

Medicines pose global environmental risk, experts warn

Nov 14 2019

Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater …

China's Xi warns Hong Kong protesters are jeopardising 'one country, two systems' status

Nov 14 2019

China's President Xi Jinping late Thursday warned deepening protests in Hong Kong threaten the "one country, two …

Italy to declare state of emergency in Venice after flood

Nov 14 2019

Italy was poised to declare a state of emergency for Venice Thursday after an exceptional tide surged through churches, …

Stand-in president 'brings back Bible' to Bolivian politics

Nov 14 2019

Mounting the steps of the presidential palace as acting head of state, Jeanine Anez raised in both hands an old …

ICC authorises probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14 2019

The International Criminal Court on Thursday approved a long-awaited full investigation into Myanmar's alleged abuse of …

Schools closed as protests put chokehold on Hong Kong

Nov 14 2019

Pro-democracy protesters challenging Bejing's rule of Hong Kong choked the city with barricades and rallies for a fourth …

Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to four

Nov 14 2019

The death toll from devastating bushfires in eastern Australia has risen to four after a man's body was discovered in a …

Ceasefire takes effect after spike in Israel-Gaza violence

Nov 14 2019

A Gaza Strip ceasefire came into effect early Thursday, an Egyptian source and a senior Islamic Jihad official told AFP, …

'Depressed and unemployed': China's rights lawyers battle disbarment

Nov 14 2019

Once a staunch defender of rights activists in court, Liu Zhengqing has sunk into a depression since being barred by …

Climate change, corruption blamed for Venice flood devastation

Nov 14 2019

Much of Venice was left under water after the highest tide in 50 years ripped through the historic Italian city, …

Driven Chadwick eyes Formula One but on her own terms

Nov 14 2019

Jamie Chadwick's ambition is to race in Formula One but with conditions attached -- she wants to secure the drive on …

Bryan brothers to retire in 2020

Nov 14 2019

US men's doubles duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan said Wednesday they will retire at the end of the 2020 season, bringing …

Clashes as acting Bolivia leader aims to end power vacuum

Nov 14 2019

Bolivia's interim president Jeanine Anez moved Wednesday to fill the power vacuum left by the resignation of Evo …

Death toll surges as Israel-Gaza violence enters third day

Nov 14 2019

The death toll from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip rose to 32 in three days after Palestinian officials said on …

Hong Kong protesters fire arrows at cops and choke city for fourth day

Nov 14 2019

Pro-democracy protesters challenging China's rule of Hong Kong on Thursday choked the city for a fourth straight working …

Australia bushfires renew anger over climate change

Nov 14 2019

Unprecedented bushfires in eastern Australia have turbocharged demands the country's conservative government do more to …

Pressure builds as Trump impeachment probe hears new claims

Nov 14 2019

Two top US diplomats delivered gripping testimony Wednesday about Donald Trump's efforts to get Ukraine to investigate …

Day of reckoning as South Korean students take crucial exam

Nov 14 2019

South Korea hushed Thursday as hundreds of thousands of students sat the high-stakes national university entrance exam …